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With two hit television shows bringing Scandinavian warriors from the Middle Ages into our living rooms, it might be considered the Second Golden Age of Vikings. But due to LIDAR technology and mapping, it’s also a golden age for Viking archaeology. Archaeologists are now able to fill in many unexpected details for the production teams of television’s Vikings and The Last Kingdom, adding richness to the programs’ complex and complicated societies.

New research techniques have made it easier for scientists to test hunches and intuition before pouring grant money into expensive field work. That paid off handsomely in Denmark, where archaeologists discovered an incredible 1,000-year-old ring-shaped Viking fortress on Zealand, an island off the rugged coast near Copenhagen. Even more intriguing, the new fortress — which they’re calling Borgring — indicates that these ancient warriors were far more technologically and architecturally advanced than is commonly believed.

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